The 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly and subsequently the resolution A37-19 mandated all ICAO Contracting States to prepare and submit action plans on CO2 Emissions Mitigation Measures and join the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) of ICAO.
ICAO required that;
- The submitted states action plans include quantified information on the expected environmental benefits from the implementation of the basket of measures chosen.
- States that have already submitted their action plans to share information contained in their action plans.
- States to build partnerships and support other member States that have not prepared and/or submitted their action plans.
- States to make the submitted action plans available to the public, taking into account the commercial sensitivity of information contained in States’ action plans.
Accordingly, the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) was given the task by the 26th AFCAC Extra-Ordinary Session held in Gaborone, Botswana from 10-11 November 2016 to ensure that all AFCAC member States develop and submit to ICAO, their States’ Action Plans on CO2 emissions reduction measures before June 2018.
Progress/Achievement by AFCAC so far
- 24 states (representing only 44% of AFCAC’s membership) have so far submitted their state action plans to ICAO.
States Action Plans Submitted to ICAO:
- Facilitation of workshops and training seminars – July 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya, September 2012 in Dakar, Senegal, June 2014 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, August 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria, August 2017 in Lusaka, Zambia and April 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Encourage capacity-building and assistance projects with ICAO and EU assistance projects in Africa.
- Low attendance of seminars/workshops or capacity building sessions by AFCAC member states.
- Understanding of the newly introduced Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in Annex 16, Volume IV of the Chicago Convention and which requires States among others to establish national regulatory frameworks for Reporting and Validating.
- Critical need for capacity building to help states with CORSIA implementation.
Our focus areas/Areas of support
- Continue to encourage its member States that are yet to complete their States’ Action Plans.
- Encourage and facilitate states to take advantage of the ICAO Buddy Programme. Liaise with ICAO and States that have completed and submitted their own plans to ICAO to support states yet to do so.
- Seminars/Workshops and capacity building sessions in different regions.
So far, 24 African States have voluntarily submitted their action plans to ICAO. These States are:
South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Other important links State Action Plans